Manchester United are prepared to launch a big for Valencia‘s left back Jose Gaya in a deal believed to be worth over €35 million. The 23 year old has been performing admirably for Valencia in Spain for the last few years and is seen as a youthful option for Jose Mourinho at left back.
With Luke Shaw seemingly frozen out of the club, Mourinho preferred to play Ashley Young last season. Young played so well that he not only earned a place on England’s World Cup squad, but the starting XI also. Turning 33 next month however, long term Young will be incapable of keeping up such performances. A replacement is necessary – taking into account the treatment of Luke Shaw by his Portuguese manager.
A number of newspapers are linking Valencia’s Jose Gaya with a move to Manchester including the Metro and Mirror. During Gary Neville’s ill-fated spell in charge of the Spanish club, he would have seen Gaya up close on a daily basis and was his preferred choice at left back during his tenure. The 23 year old played 17 times for the English man and was highly rated by brother and first team coach Phil Neville at the time also.
There is no doubt that the Neville’s information and opinion found it way back to Manchester United and Gaya would have been a recommended target for the English giants.
After finishing last season 19 points behind Premier League champions Manchester City, Mourinho wants to reinforce, not just his squad but the first team also. The Manchester club have already made significant moves in the transfer market by bringing in right back Diego Dalot from Porto and Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Dontesk. Already, they are expected to have spent around €80 million on these two players.
A deal for Jose Gaya would easily push their transfer spend over €100 million. Man United’s favoured option was Juventus’ Alex Sandro but the Italian champions are not budging on their €60 million evaluation of their Brazilian left back. Mourinho and Ed Woodward have instead turned their attention to a younger Jose Gaya at Valencia.
Valencia are currently looking to generate extra funds both in order to balance their books and to spend money on recruitment. After signing a new contract last month, Valencia made it clear they didn’t want to lose Gaya. Once an offer has been put in front of their directors however, things may change. Valencia have, in Toni Lato an almost ready-made replacement for Gaya should they wish to take the money on offer for the young man who joined the club as an 11 year old.
Lato is simply another quality left back that has come through an amazing youth system. Since 2013, Valencia have produced a series of quality left backs including; Jordi Alba, Juan Bernat, Jose Gaya and Toni Lato. They wouldn’t be in a terrible position should Gaya want to leave the club and seemingly, he fancies playing in the Premier League.